Leading dressage stallion Totilas has been retired from competition after it was revealed the horse has an edema in the bone of a hind leg.
The condition showed up at the FEI European Dressage Championships last weekend, and the 15-year-old was withdrawn from the individual competition last Saturday, following the German team’s bronze medal performance on Friday.
A statement from Totilas’s owners Paul Schockemöhle and Linsenhof/Rath family on Tuesday revealed the horse was to be retired.
“After the past week and the now circulating speculations about Totilas’ future, we – as a family – would like to take a stand on this matter.”
They said that an examination at the weekend revealed the edema, which was being treated by a team of veterinarians.
“As a result we collectively came to the decision, Totilas will not come back into competitive sport in the future,” they said.
“How much the international dressage sport owes to this horse is almost impossible to put into words. Never before has a dressage horse moved and thrilled these masses — no matter if horse-enthusiast or not, young or old.
“We really hope for the understanding of all those people, that are moved by this horse as much as we are. Also we would like to take the opportunity to thank all the admirers and fans for their support during all this time.”
Dennis Peiler of the German Equestrian Federation said Rath and Totilas’s career had been dogged by bad luck from the outset. “We wish the horse a quick recovery and that Matthias will continue to bring his young horses to the top.”
It was expected Totilas would still be available for breeding. The son of Garibaldi currently stands for a fee of €8000 for frozen semen only.
His first sons have been licensed, and his progeny continues
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